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Jordan, Wizards scorch Kukoc, Hawks; Celtics, Hornets win

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2001

WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan blistered former Chicago teammate Toni Kukoc and scored 23 points as the Washington Wizards beat Atlanta 103-76 Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.

It was the Wizards largest margin of victory of the season, and their 12-12 record is their first .500 or better mark this late or later in the season since they finished 42-40 in 1997-98. The winning streak is their longest since the 1995-96 season.

Celtics 104, Cavaliers 98

BOSTON -- Antoine Walker had 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists two nights after setting a record for shooting futility as Boston beat Cleveland.

His biggest basket came with 45 seconds left when he hit a 3-pointer after Cleveland had cut an 85-66 deficit to 99-96 on Andre Miller's layup with a minute to go.

Hornets 94, 76ers 85

PHILADELPHIA -- Lee Nailon had a career-high 27 points as Charlotte beat Philadelphia, snapping a two-game losing streak.

Baron Davis added 19 points, and P.J. Brown had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets.

Magic 98, Jazz 90

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Darrell Armstrong had 24 points, nine assists and six rebounds for short-handed Orlando.

Mike Miller added 21 points for the Magic, playing without All-Stars Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady. Hill underwent season-ending ankle surgery Wednesday, while McGrady was in Atlanta having his back looked at by a specialist.

Raptors 102, Pacers 90

INDIANAPOLIS -- Morris Peterson matched his career high with 29 points to help Toronto snap a four-game losing streak.

Alvin Williams added 24 points and Vince Carter had 23 for the Raptors, who played without center Hakeem Olajuwon (swollen toe) and guard Chris Childs (sore right ankle).

Spurs 97, Trail Blazers 79

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 26 points and 12 rebounds as the San Antonio extended its winning streak to nine games.

The Spurs are off to a franchise-best start at 19-4 and matched the Lakers for the longest winning streak of the season.

SuperSonics 104, Kings 92

SEATTLE -- Gary Payton scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as Seattle beat Sacramento.

Rashard Lewis added 20 points, and Brent Barry had 19 to help the Sonics to their second two-game winning streak of the season. Earlier this season, the Sonics had a three-game winning streak.

Warriors 101, Pistons 88

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Antawn Jamison scored 24 points as Golden State won its second straight home game under new coach Brian Winters.

Golden State, 2-1 since Winters took over for fired Dave Cowens on Saturday, ran away from Detroit with a 21-8 surge that began late in the third quarter.

Nets 117, Timberwolves 112, OT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd capped a season-high 33-point performance with a steal and the go-ahead layup with 56 seconds to play in overtime for the New Jersey Nets.

Kenyon Martin added a career-high 31 points for the Nets, who blew a 19-point fourth-quarter lead with some horrible foul shooting before coming back to win their fourth straight game.



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